The Human Rights Guide is ‘beta’ labelled. This means that you are looking at the first public version of this website. During the beta phase, the website will be continually updated, tested and improved. Some parts may not yet be completed or fully operational. Forthcoming updates include new themes, a Russian language version and country specific versions of the Guide for Estonia and Lithuania.
The main features of the Human Rights Guide are:
Human rights through themes
The Guide takes a thematic approach to explaining how human rights work. Instead of listing separate rights, you can learn about the rights which are relevant to a particular topic or a situation in your daily life. New themes will be added over time.
The Guide offers help in understanding how to complain when you believe your rights have been violated. Each theme has a section that explains the steps to take.
The Guide offers references to the relevant Latvian and international laws, case law and additional documents. These are found in resources sections at the bottom of the specific page. Summaries are provided for the most relevant cases, in addition to links to full judgments.
Institutions & organisations
The Guide has a section on the human rights institutions to approach for establishing whether your human rights have been violated. It explains when and how you can apply to these institutions. There is also a section on organisations which work with human rights and that can be consulted for help or further information.
Country specific & multilingual
The Guide is a Baltic cooperation project with country specific content for Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. It is offered in Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian with translations in Russian and English.
Using the Guide
The Guide has a single structure and fixed page layout. At the bottom of each page you can browse the pages marked to explore the topic further. For quick and easy navigation, the breadcrumb at the top of the page shows you where you are, whilst the menu button gives you access to the structure for the whole Guide. The search tool and tags can be used to search content and explore related pages across the Guide. The Guide has been developed to be responsive, which means that it has been adapted to work on different devices and screen sizes.
Using the content
Partners & contributors
The Human Rights Guide is a human rights education project in the Baltic region. It was launched in Latvia in March 2016, with Estonian and Lithuanian versions to follow in the future. The project was established by a Latvian non-governmental organisation, the Baltic Human Rights Society, and its project partners are the Estonian Human Rights Centre and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute in Lithuania. Other partners and contributors include the Latvian Human Rights Centre, Zelda Resource Centre for People with Mental Disability and Marta Resource Centre for Women, as well as individual experts.
The Human Rights Guide project has been kindly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia and Nordplus Adult, an educational cooperation programme in the Nordic-Baltic region. It has been implemented under the patronage of the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and is supported by the Ombudsman of the Republic of Latvia.
The first Baltic Human Rights Education Conference, which was held on November 27, 2015 in Riga was organised as part of this project, and was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the Riga Graduate School of Law.
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